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Madeleine McCann parents vow to keep searching for their daughter in emotional Christmas message

MADELEINE MCCANN'S have vowed the search for their daughter will continue with "unwavering commitment" in a Christmas message to supporters.

Kate and Gerry McCann, both 51, posted the message as they face their 13th Christmas without their daughter.

Gerry and Kate McCann have posted a Christmas message vowing that the search for missing Madeleine will continue
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Credit: Getty - Contributor Gerry and Kate McCann have posted a Christmas message vowing that the search for missing Madeleine will continue Credit: Getty-Contributor
The three-year-old disappeared on a family holiday to Portugal in 2007
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Credit: PA:Press Association The three-year-old disappeared on a family holiday to Portugal in 2007 Credit: PA: Press Association
The McCanns' Christmas message to supporters
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The McCanns' Christmas message to supporters

Madeleine vanished aged three while the family were on holiday in Portugal.

The message, on the official Find Madeleine Facebook page, said "nothing has changed".

It added: "We love her, we miss her, we hope as always.

"The search for Madeleine goes on with unwavering commitment.

'THANK YOU'

"Thank you to all our supporters for your steadfastness and compassion this year again and your warm Christmas wishes."

Three-year-old Maddie vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007 while her parents were dining in a nearby tapas restaurant with pals.

She had been left sleeping alone with her younger twin siblings.

The parents, who have 14-year-old twins Sean and Amelie, cling to a glimmer of hope that Maddie-who would be now aged 16-could still be alive.

They have vowed to continue the worldwide hunt “for as long as it takes”.

Kate and Gerry are due to attend a Christmas Day service at their local Catholic church where prayers will be said for their daughter.

The search for Madeleine goes on with unwavering commitment

Kate and Gerry McCann

A candle in memory of the abducted youngster burns around the clock beside the village war memorial.

Kate previously said Christmas is always “tinged with pain and longing” adding: “Madeleine should be here and we should be celebrating with her.

"But we have not lost hope that we may get to celebrate another Christmas with her."

The McCanns recently revealed a heartbreaking list of what they miss most about their daughter, including holding, hugging and kissing her, hug her.

The couple faced fresh heartache this year when a troll posing as their missing daughter attacked them for simply eating out at a restaurant in Scotland with family.

They declared it “despicable” that their latest online abuser could hide behind a mask and continue to torment them in an ongoing campaign of web hate.

This month, a Portuguese detective who starred in the Netflix documentary about her disappearance was caged for planning violent break-ins.

Paulo Pereira Cristovao, who once angered the family with a controversial book, was convicted of participating in the planning of burglaries in Lisbon and Cascais.

Scotland Yard launched an investigation, Operation Grange, into Madeleine's disappearance in 2013 after a Portuguese inquiry failed to make any headway.

So far the investigation has cost £ 11.75 million with the Home Office agreeing to fund the hunt for Madeleine until at least March next year.

This disappearance of the British toddler is still a complete mystery
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Credit: PA:Press Association This disappearance of the British toddler is still a complete mystery Credit: PA: Press Association
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